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Montelongo, José A.; Hernández, Anita C.; Herter, Roberta J. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
English-Spanish cognates are words that possess identical or nearly identical spellings and meanings in both English and Spanish as a result of being derived mainly from Latin and Greek. Of major importance is the fact that many of the more than 20,000 cognates in English are academic vocabulary words, terms essential for comprehending school…
Descriptors: English, Spanish, Picture Books, Reading Lists
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Young, Chase; Stover, Katie – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
This study helped the researchers to determine if blogging as a revision strategy in a second grade classroom was beneficial. Nineteen second grade students wrote expository essays and made revisions and edits based on peer feedback in a blogging environment. Six elementary school teachers independently rated the students' writing samples using…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Electronic Publishing, Elementary School Students, Revision (Written Composition)
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Chiarelli, MaryAnne; Szabo, Susan; Williams, Susan – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
This study examined the use of a free behavioral management software program to see if it was successful to help first grade students recognize and self-monitor their behaviors while working in centers during teacher directed guided reading time. The study found that ClassDojo had a positive impact on these first grade students' behaviors and…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Classroom Techniques, Computer Software, Technology Uses in Education
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Sinclair, Becky; Szabo, Susan – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Legible penmanship is important. However, young students have difficulty producing legible handwriting (Marr, Windsor, & Cermak, 2001). As legible handwriting is a benefit for both the students and the teachers in the classroom setting, this study examined if pencil size had an impact on preschool and kindergarten students' handwriting. The…
Descriptors: Handwriting, Kindergarten, Preschool Education, Young Children
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Gaffner, Jacqueline; Johnson, Kary; Torres-Elias, Annette; Dryden, Lisa – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of collaborative efforts between a large metropolitan school district and the school of education at an area urban university. A reading clinic, in which university students conducted small guided reading group lessons with elementary students reading below grade level, was established through…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Individualized Instruction, College School Cooperation
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Young, Chase – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
This article describes an action research project undertaken by a second grade teacher looking for research-based ways to increase his students' reading comprehension. He designed fifteen comprehension workstations and evaluated their effect on his second graders' reading comprehension scores as measured by district Imagination Station…
Descriptors: Independent Reading, Reading Comprehension, Workstations, Action Research
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Elley, Sara – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
This six-week biliotherapy study was developed to determine if using children's literature books to help students think about, understand, and work through social and emotional issues helped third grade students' develop more social and emotional skills (Sullivan & Strang, 2002). Data collection included pre- and post-surveys, interruption…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Bibliotherapy, Teaching Methods
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Berry, Jaime; Potter, Jalene; Hollas, Victoria – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2013
This quasi-experimental study compared the effects of concept mapping and teacher generated questioning on students' organization and retention of science knowledge when used along with interactive informational read-alouds. Fifty-eight third grade students completed an eight-day unit regarding "soil formation." Students who participated…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Quasiexperimental Design, Retention (Psychology), Grade 3
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Delony, Sheila; Smith Morgan, Ellen; Howell, Kaitlyn Leah – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2013
The purpose of this case study was to identify the role of reading response in two elementary classrooms: one first-grade and one fourth-grade. The study examined the structured and incidental opportunities students had for response, the formats of their responses and the utility of the responses to each teacher. Qualitative data collection…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Grade 4